Thirteen people have been arrested and at least one person has been shot dead after an alleged chieftaincy dispute at Bonakye in the Nkwanta South Municipality between Konkomba and Akyode settlers.
The incident which occurred on Thursday evening follows a decision the Akyode Traditional Council at Bonakye made to perform rituals for the enstoolment of a herdsman.
Security personnel at the ceremony, however, were able to bring the situation under control.
John Thasun, the Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), speaking to Adom News’ Obrempongba Kwame Owusu, said that the situation was troubling.
“What we need now is for everyone to be calm. The police say they have arrested 13 people. But this situation is worrying. Even yesterday I wanted my driver to go and bring the elders from the town that enstooled the herdsman.
“I wanted to appeal to them to wait till after the election before they go through with the rituals because what we need now is for peace to prevail because this is worrying,” he said.
Investigations have revealed that some residents of the community have fled for their lives following the incident while Nyarkomah, a suburb of Bonakye, has become a ghost town.